Are bloggers liable for their readers comments?

Lawyers for the plaintiffs argue that Rosenthal is liable because posting the comments makes her a “developer” of the information in question, and she therefore becomes the legal equivalent of its creator for the purposes of the lawsuit. If the court finds in favor of the plaintiffs, the implications for free speech online are far-reaching. Bloggers could be held liable when they quote other people’s writing, and website owners could be held liable for what people say in message boards on their sites. The end result is that many people would simply cease to publish or host websites.

Read Not thy commenter’s keeper from ZDNet and explore, add what you know about Barrett v Rosenthal to the Whats New Media Wiki.

Previously from WNM: Can bloggers be sued for their users’ comments?

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Filed under Blogosphere, Censorship, Regulation, The Politics of New Media, U.S., User generated content

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  1. Pingback: Flame away! Bloggers, content providers legally safe from defamation. « What’s New Media?

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